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- (US) IPA(key): /ɹɪˈn(e)ɪɡ/, /ɹɪˈniːɡ/, /ɹiːˈnɛɡ/, /ɹiːˈn(e)ɪɡ/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɹɪˈneɪɡ/, /ɹɪˈniːɡ/
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- (intransitive) To break a promise or commitment; to go back on one's word.
2011 February 5, Michael Kevin Darling, “Tottenham 2 - 1 Bolton”, in BBC:
- Just before half-time, Clattenburg awarded Spurs a penalty for the third time after a handball in the area but he reneged after realising that the linesman had flagged Crouch offside in the build-up.
- (intransitive) In a card game, to break one's commitment to follow suit when capable.
- (transitive, archaic) To deny; to renounce
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
- All Europe high (all sorts of rights reneged) / Against the truth and thee unholy leagued.
break a promise or commitment